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Cassia County, City Of Burley Team Up For Law Enforcement

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By Jay Michaels

Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) In the Old West, lawmen teamed up to arrest the bad guys. These days, Cassia County and the City of Burley have worked together for almost three decades now.

Any kind of relationship is bound to hit some rocky spots occasionally. Law enforcement in and around Burley is no exception.

The Burley City Police and the Cassia County Sheriff's Office merged back in 1986. Overall, the partnership benefits both sides. With a total of 75 officers and personnel, that helps when there's a temporary shortage either in the city or the county.

Cassia County Sheriff Jay Heward says, "Emergency calls in the county, that might be close to the city, a city officer can run out and get there quicker. The county officer will come in and cover the city."

Burley City Administrator Mark Mitton says, "It's working out well now. There have been times when it didn't work as well. But for the last two or three years, it's been going very well."

After Heward met with the Cassia County Commissioners, the Burley Mayor and City Council, they appointed a committee to negotiate the contract for next year. They have until September to hammer out the details.

Heward says, "I believe it is. It gives more resources to the city, and more resources out in the county. It just works better all around."

May 6, 2013.


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